The One After: Reel Big Fish — Why Do They Rock So Hard?

The One After: Reel Big Fish -- Why Do They Rock So Hard?

The One After: Reel Big Fish — Why Do They Rock So Hard?

The One After is a feature in which Modern Vinyl writers take on the album AFTER the peak. In other words, what did a band do to follow up their greatest record? How do you follow up “Blonde On Blonde?” What about “London Calling?” Did the artist build off their success, recoil from it, or land somewhere in between?

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2018/05/08/the-one-after-reel-big-fish-why-do-they-rock-so-hard/

Vinyl Review: Gentle Giant — Three Piece Suite

Vinyl Review: Gentle Giant -- Three Piece Suite

Vinyl Review: Gentle Giant — Three Piece Suite

The new release from Alucard is an introduction to the English progressive rock band, Gentle Giant. Titled Three Piece Suite, the double LP is culled from the group’s first three releases: their self-titled debut from 1970, 1971’s Acquiring the Taste, and Three Friends from 1972, along with a track which predates the band’s debut.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/11/10/vinyl-review-gentle-giant-three-piece-suite/

Review: Bear Family’s ‘At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight’

Review: Bear Family’s ‘At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight’

Review — Bear Family’s ‘At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight’

Bear Family’s latest box-set is their biggest ever, weighing in at 9.5 pounds and consisting of 20 compact discs and a 224-page hardback book. It’s the size of 20 LPs stacked on top of one another, clocking in at an astonishing 25+ hours of audio. At the Louisiana Hayride Tonight is an astonishing historical record of the country music program’s 12-year run (and then some), broadcasted on Shreveport’s KWKH-AM.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/11/16/review-bear-familys-at-the-louisiana-hayride-tonight/

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

Vinyl Review: Various Artists -- Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

Vinyl Review: Various Artists — Jesus Rocked the Jukebox

In the press release which accompanied the arrival of Craft Recordings’ new compilation, Jesus Rocked the Jukebox, the label makes the point that the 40 tracks on the three vinyl records represent “the roots of American popular music,” just as much as they honor “esteemed gospel groups.” Those are phrases, which — to non-music nerds — might get folks nervous.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/12/06/vinyl-review-various-artists-jesus-rocked-the-jukebox/

Interview: David Levine (LowDown Brass Band)

Interview: David Levine (LowDown Brass Band)

Interview: David Levine (LowDown Brass Band)

Chicago’s LowDown Brass Band deftly synthesizes the gritty sounds of Chicago with the high energy second-line street beat of the Crescent City. The group brandishes a powerful brass frontline of trumpets, trombones, and saxophones with a funky backline of drums and sousaphone. Combining the poetic ferocity of Billa Camp with stellar vocal harmonies, adventurous improvisation, movement, and grooves, LowDown Brass Band creates an infectious and diverse sound that has something for every listener.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/12/08/interview-david-levine-lowdown-brass-band/

I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You #4

I Made This For You is a mixtape exchange series in which you’re dropped into email correspondence between members of the MV staff. Today’s entry, our fourth, has Alan Miller and Nick Spacek exchanging Halloween-themed tapes, separated into two sides….The Fear and The Fun.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/10/31/i-made-this-for-you-4/

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Josh Berwanger Plays Halloween DJ

Power pop band Berwanger's new album, The Star Invaders, comes out next week on Halloween. The new album features members of Broncho, Limbeck, Flaming Lips, Sam Cohen, and Eva Gardner (Mars Volta, Pink, Tegan and Sara).  This is a first for Josh Berwanger as it is his third album, marking the first

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Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. – Ready to Die

Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to Die

Vinyl Review: The Notorious B.I.G. — Ready to Die

“Your Discman may be obsolete these days, but a near quarter century later, Biggie’s first-person storytelling, boundless lyricism, smart sense of humor, and charming persona on Ready to Die are as relevant and affecting as ever.”

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/10/20/vinyl-review-the-notorious-b-i-g-ready-to-die/

Tracklisted…with Civil Youth

Tracklisted…with Civil Youth

Much like the classic mixtape, Tracklisted presents a collection of songs under a selected theme, which you can check out below. Click on the provided Spotify playlist and listen to this week’s arrangements while you read a few words about the selections.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/29/tracklisted-with-civil-youth/

Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Interview: Marc Sallis (Blank City Records)

Los Angeles label Blank City Records was formed this year by Marc Sallis, former bassist for the Duke Spirit, and Brandon Burkart, of The Saint James Society. The label specializes in releasing music to flexis made from vintage medical x-rays, à la Russian roentgenizdat bootlegs from the ’50s and ’60s. The Blank City x-ray flexis are playable on standard record players, with the label focusing primarily on developing and releasing music from L.A. artists. The label’s first release was The Saint James Society’s Covered In Blood EP, which sold out in less than 24 hours.

Source: modern-vinyl.com/2017/09/29/interview-marc-sallis-blank-city-records/